The National League defeated the American League 5-1 in last night’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Phoenix, Arizona. Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki started the game for the victorious senior circuit and went 1-for-2 at the plate before leaving the game. In Tulowitzki’s first at-bat in the third inning, he flew out to center field against Seattle Mariners pitcher Michael Pineda. Tulowitzki batted again in the fifth inning and singled to center field against Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jordan Walden. He was then removed for a pinch-runner. It’s the second straight victory for the National League after they hadn’t won for a dozen years before last season’s Midsummer Classic. The result means that the National League Champion will enjoy home field advantage at this year’s World Series.
With the Colorado Rockies falling further off the pace in the National League West, rumors surrounding the team’s status as a potential trade deadline seller have begun to swirl. Yesterday, Fox Sports baseball analyst Ken Rosenthal reported that the Cincinnati Reds were interested in acquiring Rockies ace pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez. Jimenez has scuffled to a 4-8 record and a 4.15 ERA so far in 2011, a disappointing follow-up to an All-Star campaign in 2010 that saw him set a club record for wins in a season with 19. But Jimenez has righted his ship after a slow start to this season, posting a 2.52 ERA and 4-3 record since the start of June. The right-hander is under contract through the end of this season with affordable club options for 2013 and 2014. No Rockies official has commented on the trade rumors.
Entering the final day of the Nebraska Junior Amateur Golf Championship at the Country Club in Lincoln, North Platte golfer Cameron Bargell hopes to rebound from a tough second round and finish strong. Bargell shot an 85 yesterday after firing a 74 on the first day of the tournament. He teed off this morning in a three-way tie for 35th. The North Platte Bulldog shot a 43 on the front nine and a 42 on the back. He’s the lone Lincoln County competitor remaining in the tournament. In other junior golf action, the Junior Ambassador Tournament concluded yesterday at Rivers Edge Golf Club in North Platte. Broken Bow’s Marcus Miller and McCook’s Megan Vertrovsky were the winners in the eldest age groups. North Platte Bulldog golfer Matt Schartz took third in the boys 15-18 year old division.
Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez has a deep bone bruise in his right wrist, but isn’t expected to miss any more time after the All-Star break. The Rockies center fielder injured his wrist slamming into the fence in last Sunday’s game in Denver against Kansas City. He missed the next four games before attempting to return to action last Friday in Washington, but re-aggravated the injury and sat out the final two games before the break. Gonzalez, the reigning National League batting champion, is hitting .292 with 13 home runs and 51 runs batted in this season. He also leads the team with 14 stolen bases. Gonzalez will receive a cortisone shot and take batting practice tomorrow in hopes of being ready to play when the Rockies resume their season on Thursday night in Denver against the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Colorado Rockies will be represented when the starting lineups are announced at tonight’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Phoenix, Arizona. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will start at his familiar position and bat eighth for the National League tonight, starting as a replacement for injured New York Met Jose Reyes. Tulowitzki led the Rockies in the first half with 17 home runs and 57 runs batted in. It’s the first time the Rockies have had a position player start the All-Star Game since Todd Helton started at first base in 2003. Ubaldo Jimenez started the game on the mound for the NL last year. The National League is coming off a victory last season in Anaheim. The winning league receives home field advantage at this year’s World Series. ESPN Radio 1410 has coverage of the Midsummer Classic tonight beginning at 6:30.
The final day of competition at the Nebraska Junior Amateur Golf Championship takes place today at the Country Club in Lincoln, and a North Platte golfer will try to take home the men’s championship. Cameron Bargell, who will be a junior at North Platte High next year, enters today in a tie for sixth place after a first-day score of 74. Bargell shot a 38 on the front and back nines to put himself solidly in contention. He has qualified for the Class A State Golf Tournament in his first two years of high school golf at North Platte High. Jared Arensdorf, also from North Platte, failed to qualify for the second day after shooting a 94. In the Girls Amateur Championship, North Platte’s Karissa Moreland was the lone local competitor. Moreland did not qualify for the second day after she shot a 97, leaving her in a five-way tie for 19th.
Five years after he last played professionally, Eric Crouch will return to the gridiron. The Omaha World-Herald reports that Crouch will sign with the UFL’s Omaha Nighthawks at a press conference today. Crouch had performed at a mini-camp with the team last month, hoping to make a comeback to professional football. The former Husker and 2001 Heisman Trophy winner hasn’t thrown a pass in a professional game since a brief stint in the Canadian Football League with the Toronto Argonauts in 2006. Crouch was a third-round draft pick of the St. Louis Rams, in 2002 but never appeared in an NFL game. He’ll compete for Omaha’s starting quarterback role vacated by last year’s starter, Jeff Garcia. Crouch isn’t the only Husker to ink a contract with the Nighthawks – the team has also signed wide receiver Maurice Purify.